Month: November 2012

5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us and find more fun pins like these! 1. The children’s book our followers are going nuts for! 2. Super pretty handmade wreath ornament that’s more cool than tacky. (Rare!) 3. Very cool jewelry to give your holiday outfits some sparkle, at a terrific price to boot. 4. An awesome Hanukkah gift for little kids, straight out of our Holiday Gift Guide 5. A custom iPhone case with a message that a few of us (or our spouses) could really use....

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Serve up some very happy holidays with personalized plates

I adore everything about the holidays, especially decorating. Growing up in my family, prepping the house pretty much stopped at setting out the menorah. Now that I’m in charge, I love decking out our home with a cozy all-holidays-welcome vibe–especially when it comes to the all-important yummy focal point of every holiday season: the table. Hanukkah-themed tableware can prove to be a challenge to find, though. So this year, I am tickled to have come across some very fun and festive personalized plates from CMP fave Little Uni.  {Keep reading for an exclusive holiday discount for CMP readers!} A year doesn’t go by...

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Toys in a flash (flash sale, that is)

I love flash toy sales before the holidays. If you’re on the ball, you can score really top-quality brands at a portion of their regular prices. (You already know that, if you’ve been following us through the Cyber Monday madness this week!) Shipping can get expensive, though. The good news? Gilt is hooking up its subscribers with a flash toy sale this Friday that includes free shipping! Brands we love like Schoenhut, Uncle Goose blocks, and craft supplies from Alex Toys are all for the taking (er, buying). I am especially digging those beautiful wooden alphabet blocks for my kindergartener....

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Web Coolness: Holiday Gift Guide, swim-noodle menorah, and a Museum of Math

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Have you seen the Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide yet? It’s jam-packed with greatness for everyone on your list. And we’re especially excited that you could win two amazing giveaways: one to keep and one to share! The super-clever swim-noodle menorah from Bible Belt Balabusta is a clever way to teach kids about the symbolism and ritual of the menorah, without setting anything on fire. (via Apartment Therapy) Join CMP favorite Dan Zanes and Friends at 11am on December 8th...

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Stroll on over and subscribe!

We’re just a hop, skip, and jump away from the holidays, and we know you could use even more hot discounts, cool deals, and helpful reviews. All you have to do is become a Cool Mom Picks subscriber. Our subscribers get everything you see on our regular site, plus exclusive offers, top trends, and the chance to win fantastic prizes in our monthly subscriber-only giveaways. This month, for example, one lucky subscriber will win that gorgeous Mountain Buggy Mini stroller. Becoming a subscriber is easy and free. All you have to do is go here and enter your email...

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Wallpaper that’s easy on the eyes and easier to install

When decorating a new baby’s room, most people don’t think, wallpaper. Even if you do decide to entertain the thought, how many of us these days have the slightest clue how to hang it? I’m not saying that this wallpaper hangs itself, but I am saying that it’s beautiful, it will change the look of any room and that it is easier to install than most. Plus, it comes from one of our very favorite companies to turn to for all things cool for babies. Wee Gallery, makers of the most beautiful baby soft books, inspired activity books for...

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A mountain of cool gift ideas from the Adirondacks

I have never been to Glens Falls, NY–and to be honest, I hadn’t actually heard of it either. But after discovering this amazing little shop that’s a celebration of everything that indie small-town America stands for, I’m ready to road trip up there. Or at least hit the website for some cool stuff. Nine Authentic Goods, named for main thoroughfare Route 9, is a bona fide small town shop in the best possible way, filled with cool vintage-inspired items almost entirely designed, produced, and crafted right in their community. [don’t miss a big exclusive discount after the jump!] There...

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Stick it to ’em this season

Holiday time is family time, which means it’s a fab time of year for photo gifts, right? So we love this novel mom-created concept, especially for those with limited wall space (and those making room to hang all those holiday cards pouring in). Mom-run Magneticpix takes the clever cake this season. Choose a sweet pic you love–your family, your dog, a sunny vacation photo to cheer you when you’re chilly–then let the Magneticpix people work their magic. Your beloved pic becomes a dry-erase board you can scribble notes and lists on, a magnetic surface to post other pics and what-not, and...

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Add some sparkle to your holiday wish list with custom earrings

Dear Santa, I have been a very good girl, working thoughtfully through my shopping for this holiday season. However, I could use a little more motivation. I think these sparkly earrings might do the trick, if you happen to be passing through town early. On second thought: Never mind, Santa. I know you’re busy. I’ll just scoop them up myself. Yes, I’m thinking these spunky “posh” earrings from Sonyarenee are the perfect pick-me-up for any holiday outfit. Whether you’re hitting the mall or headed out to party, these might be your new go-to bling. The cool part is you can customize the design to...

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Because the coolest superpower is always giving back

We bet you know a pint-sized superhero or two. You might even have one battling baddies in your living room at this very moment. So maybe it’s time for some new superhero threads for your fave good guys (and good girls).  One of our favorite indie imaginative play companies, Pip and Bean, has been turning out handmade kid capes on Etsy since 2009. This holiday season, this mom-and-pop shop are offering an awesome promotion that will not only have your little superheroes rockin’ their very own capes, but will also help them put smiles on the faces of other kids...

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